NextFab’s wood shop classes teach you how to safely and successfully use our Woodworking department’s hand tools, power tools, and finishing materials. Learn how to make everything from basic household essentials to anything you can dream up.
Join skilled professional woodworker Peter Park as he guides members through creating a unique and personalized dulcimer guitar, based on the Irish mountain dulcimer. Explore sculptural carving, shaping, and forming, as well as fundamentals of construction such as scale length, acoustics, fretting, and stringing.
Novice or intermediate, use a few simple hand tools to easily learn chip carving, a traditional technique for decorating wooden surfaces with patterns. Practice on small wood samples with chip carving patterns that can be translated into larger projects.
Discover the magic of lamination, or using many thin layers of wood to make finished curved pieces. Through lecture and hands on application, create your own back scratcher, and gain access to our wood shop’s vacuum bag.
Explore the router table, a versatile tool that can help take your projects to the next level, in this two part class. Learn about edge profiles by creating rabbets and roman ogees while assembling your own picture frame. Other techniques covered include: stopped cuts, creating keyholes, using MDF templates, and the Dubby Cutoff Sled.
Novices welcome! Explore woodburning, the art of burning designs and images into wood. Practice textures and patterns by using different styles of woodburners and various pen tips for desired effects. Learn practical methods for design layout and transfer, discover finishing techniques for refining woodburned work, as well as safety and maintenance of woodburning pens. Class fee includes material for a set of 4 wooden coasters.
Hand craft your own unique looking coffee table in this 2 session workshop. Learn the tricks to some essential wood joinery tools and techniques that are convenient for many applications. Along with the discussion of structural principles and process details, incorporate your own personalized design element, to make for a truly eye-catching furniture piece.
Explore the wood shop and the basic tools it offers, including an introduction to the paint booth, several powered cutting tools, hand tools, and sanding machines. Walk away with a cheeseboard of your own design, finished and ready to be used.
Explore the world of hand tools commonly used in the wood shop by making a robot pencil sharpener. Practice safe use of chisels, hand saws, hammers, hand drills, and many other tools essential in creating and finishing fine woodworking projects.
Gain familiarity with tools and techniques that help achieve professional finishes in woodworking projects. Learn about wood preparation, application of different types of finishes, use of the spray gun, and paint booth safety.
Calling all beginners! Explore turning techniques on the Jet wood lathe, including roughing, shaping beads and coves, drilling, and finishing. Practice safe setup and operation of the wood lathe, and proper use of a variety of turning tools. Walk away with a candlestick holder or spinning top, and gain certification for unsupervised access to the wood lathe.
Learn how to turn a wood bowl while advancing lathe skills in this project-based class. Cover the steps of setting up for bowl turning: mounting blanks, using the bowl gouge, roughing out a foot, and finishing techniques, as well as when and how to properly sharpen tools. Class fee includes material for one finished bowl per member.
Learn the basics of preparing wood for use in woodworking projects. This class will cover safe use of the jointer, planer, and time saver machines. Process rough sawn wood by flattening, straightening, and squaring. Practice using the machines by milling wood and then gluing up boards to make a finished cutting board from exotic hardwoods.
Learn the basics of preparing wood for use in woodworking projects. This class will cover safe use of the jointer and planer. Process rough sawn wood by flattening, straightening, and squaring. Practice using the machines by milling wood and then gluing up boards to make a finished cutting board. NOTE: This class at our North Philly and Wilmington locations does not include use of the time saver machine. For training on that machine, please see a staff member at our South Philly location, free of charge.
Learn the fundamentals of table saw and miter saw safety. Arguably the most used machines in the wood shop, the table saw and miter saw are essential for all levels of woodworking. Identify and use each saw’s components for safe setup and operation, while exploring different types of cuts and corresponding blades and techniques.
Learn more about the most versatile tool in the wood shop. Cover the use of specific jigs and blade choices, and practice miter cuts, dados, splines and rabbet joints by making a hinged wooden box.
Explore the basics of CAD, computer aided designing, in this introductory class. Discuss project applications and learn design concepts while designing a project file for a small wooden box in VCarve Pro.
Building on concepts learned in CAD for CNC, learn the basics of CAM file design in VCarve Pro. Complete your wooden box file, and discuss toolpathing and other essential CAM concepts.
In this two part course, explore the specifics of using Vectric Aspire software to operate the Roland MDX 540, a versatile 3-axis CNC milling machine capable of fine detail and precision work. Learn how to load, initialize, and safely run the machine, then design a custom wooden jewelry pendant or belt buckle in Aspire, to be cut and produced during the second half of class.
NOTE: upon completion of the class, members will receive 2 hours of complementary machine time, to assist in tooling setup for their first project.
Using a completed box file from CAM for CNC, practice machining on the Shopbot, our wood shop’s largest CNC router.
NOTE: upon completion of the class, members will receive 2 hours of complementary machine time, to assist in tooling setup for their first project. Additionally, this class takes place in the woodshop and requires appropriate attire.